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What Is Polysomnography?

Polysomnography is the study of an individual's sleep. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Over 80 types of sleep disorders are recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Diagnosis may require an overnight stay in a sleep disorder clinic while being monitored by a Polysomnography technician (“sleep tech”). The sleep tech will apply sensors to the patient's scalp, face, neck, legs and body to observe their physiologic parameters of sleep. If you would like to consider a job in a sleep disorder clinic, it typically requires working all night in order to monitor these parameters.

Do You Offer Job Placement Assistance?

While we do not offer job placement, we often receive phone calls from Sleep Disorder Clinics who are looking for employees. The certificate of completion of the program that you receive may make you a more desirable candidate for a position.

Who Can Attend Sleep Health Management Resources (SHMR) Training Programs?

“Boot Camp STAR Focused 2” education is recommended for the individual with a new interest in the medical field.  Recommended experience levels vary for other programs. Please call to inquire, 815-298-0696.

One and two day courses in Board Prep & Review, Scoring for the Polysomnographer, Pediatic Sleep Concepts, and Advanced Concepts are designed for the experienced sleep technician/technologist wanting to advance their knowledge or skills or to get back to the basics by reviewing concepts in these areas.  

Do You Offer Any Financing Options?

Payment Plan: we will implement an interest free payment plan suited to your financial needs (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). Final payment must be made two weeks prior to the first day of the program.

Where Are SHMR Programs Held?

We are growing and expanding!  Our programs are held in many regional areas. Look for us in Greater Chicagoland (Rockford), IL; Phoenix, AZ, and Glen Burnie, MD…and beyond. Locations are being added. We may even be coming to YOUR neck of the woods!

STAR Focused 2 programs are currently offered in IL and AZ.  If you require a group training, we can come directly to YOUR sleep center to hold the course!

Let Sleep Health Management Resources come to you for all your educational needs! We also offer in-lab training for sleep clinics who may have several technicians seeking education or training. Please call to inquire about our consulting fees and availability, 815-298-0696.

What Should I Wear?

Our goal is to provide students with the most comfortable environment possible. Casual to business-casual attire is acceptable. 

Are There Any Meals Included With The Cost Of The Program?

Catered lunch is provided for most full day programs.  Please advise us if you have any special dietary needs (allergies, special medications, etc.). Hot breakfast is provided for hotel guests in many locations. 

What Items Should I Bring?

In our initiative to "Go Green", most likely you will need to bring a laptop computer, tablet, or iPad to class to take notes when we provide you a digital copy of the curriculum.  Printed manuals must be reserved three weeks in advance.  

What Is  The Cancellation Policy?

STAR Focused 2 programs:  Loss of the initial $500.00 non-refundable deposit will be assessed for any cancellations prior to the start of class and must be received in writing.  Failure to cancel prior to the start of the class will result in forfeiture of full tuition.  Notify us at info@sleep-health.com

All Other Educational Programs: A tuition refund will be received in the form of a credit memo less a $50.00 processing fee only when Sleep Health Management Resources, Inc is notified of the cancellaton in writing a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the program.  Tuition will be forfeited if cancellation occurrs within 14 days of the start of the program.  Credit memos are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.  Notify us at info@sleep-health.com 

Do I Receive Something For Attending The Program?

A certificate of completion and continuing education credits/units are awarded for most Sleep Health Management Resources, Inc. programs. Please bring your AARC and AAST membership numbers with you if you have them. The number of continuing education credits  vary by program.

Are There Any Books Or Materials I  Should Read Prior To Coming To A Program?

You will receive the information that you need in class.  If you would like to read some outside references, a list of suggested reading material is available on the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists website. BRPT references page

What Is The Closest Airport?

Greater Chicago Area/Rockford: 
Airports:
Chicago O'Hare International Airport               Mapquest
Chicago Midway International Airport              Mapquest
Chicago/Rockford International Airport           Mapquest

Phoenix Area: 
Phoenix SkyHarbor International Airport            Mapquest
Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport                           Mapquest

How Do I Get From The Airport To The Program Location?

Bus Services
Greater Chicago Area/Rockford: service is available from both Chicago airports to Rockford. Please visit www.vangalderbus.com for current prices and schedules.

Taxi/Shuttle Service
Greater Chicago Area/Rockford: service is provided by "In Need of a Lift" shuttle service from Northwest Chicagoland Int'l Airport. Please call 815-874-0371 for fares and schedule.

Phoenix Area: Please visit http://phoenix.gov/AVIATION/ (click on parking & transport, then taxi, bus, van & limo) for a listing of shuttle services.

Where Do You Recommend For Lodging?

Greater Chicago Area/Rockford: 
The Holiday Inn of Rockford
7550 E State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
t.  815.398.2200
*Mention Sleep Health Management Resources, Inc to receive a discounted rate.

Phoenix Area:
The Residence Inn
941 West Grove Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
t: 480-610-0100

Who Are The Instructors And What Is Their Experience? 

(Click on instructor's name for Bio)

Mary Kay Hobby, RRT, RPSGT President & Founder

Jon Atkinson, B.S., RPSGT

Nathan Ramey, RPSGT

Kathleen Gallagher, RPSGT